Contemporary Play Therapy Theory, Research, and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-18
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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This highly practical book presents current developments in play therapy, including innovative applications for particular problems and populations. Contributors first discuss the latest ideas and techniques emerging from object relations, experiential, dynamic, and narrative perspectives. Next, research evaluating the effectiveness of play interventions is reviewed in detail. The book's third and largest section demonstrates creative approaches for helping children deal with a variety of adverse circumstances: homelessness, family problems, sexual abuse, social aggression, natural disasters, and more. Throughout, rich case illustrations enhance the book's utility for clinicians.

Author Biography

Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S, a nationally renowned child psychologist, is Professor of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is cofounder and director emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy, and founder and codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute in Hightstown, New Jersey. Dr. Schaefer is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Play Therapy. He has written or edited more than 50 books on parenting, child psychology, and play therapy, including The Therapeutic Use of Child's Play, Foundations of Play Therapy, Handbook of Play Therapy, Play Therapy with Adolescents, and Empirically Based Play Interventions for Children. Dr. Schaefer maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Heidi Gerard Kaduson, PhD, RPT-S, specializes in evaluation and intervention services for children with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and learning problems. She is past president of the Association for Play Therapy and codirector of the Play Therapy Training Institute. She has lectured internationally on play therapy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities. Dr. Kaduson's publications include The Playing Cure and 101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques (Volumes I, II, and III). With Charles E. Schaefer, she is coeditor of Short-Term Play Therapy for Children, Second Edition. Dr. Kaduson maintains a private practice in child psychotherapy in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Object Relations Play Therapy: Applications to Attachment Problems and Relational Traumap. 3
Experiential Play Therapyp. 28
Dynamic Play Therapyp. 55
Narrative Play Therapyp. 82
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Theraplayp. 103
Evidence-Based Play Therapyp. 136
"I'm Rich": Play Therapy with Children Who Are Homelessp. 161
Treatment of Sexually Abused Childrenp. 186
Play Therapy for Girls Displaying Social Aggressionp. 212
Culturally Competent Play Therapy with the Mexican American Child and Familyp. 238
CLAYtherapy: The Clinical Application of Clay with Childrenp. 270
Time-Limited Play Therapy to Enhance Resiliency in Childrenp. 293
Coping with Disaster: Psychosocial Interventions for Children in International Disaster Reliefp. 307
Indexp. 329
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